I think this has more to do with culture and expectations than actual rules, so maybe this might attract opinionated answers, but I still want to know what people think:
If a person were to construct their own homebuilt, like a Kitfox or RV, without first obtaining their PPL, how can they go about completing the 25 hour initial test phase required for the new aircraft?
This encompasses a subset of questions:
- Is it customary to pay an experienced pilot to do it, acknowledging the risk involved with the activity?
- Or is free use of an aircraft and loggable time/experience compensation enough?
- Is it generally hard to find someone willing to do this for you (maybe do this with you is a better phrase since you will be part of the ground crew)?